West Bay turns out for breast cancer meeting

More than 200 people attended a breast cancer awareness meeting at Sir John Cumber Primary School in West Bay last week.

Speakers Dr. George Meggs and Dr. Yaron Rado presented information to the audience on the risk factors associated with breast cancer and treatments for the disease.

They also provided guidelines for early detection and breast cancer survival.

The West Bay meeting on 13 October was part of an ongoing series of district meetings hosted by the Lions Club of Tropical Garden’s in its annual campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dr. Meggs advised the audience to be proactive about breast health and their overall well-being, telling attendees that as they get older, they need to take a number of tests, including pap smears, mammograms, lipid profiles, thyroid-stimulating hormone blood tests, colon screenings and bone mineral density tests.

Dr. Rado, radiologist at Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, spoke about the next generation of mammography. The hospital is bringing 3 Tesla MRI and Tomosynthesis – a digital technology to better detect breast cancer – to Cayman by early 2012.

The presentations were followed by a question and answer session.

President of the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens Belinda Blessitt gave the vote of thanks and told the audience that she hoped they would accept the challenge and become proactive through self-examination and mammogram screening and report any suspicions to their doctors.

The Lions Club also presented eligible members of the audience with mammogram vouchers.

The final district meeting in this series will be held next Thursday, 27 October, at Mary Miller Hall in George Town District at 7.30pm.

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